date Thursday, January 29th, 2004)
One: The camera pans across a desk, there are two small statues
of Rodin's The Thinker, placed back to back -- they
look like book ends. The camera pans across the desk, there
are a series of newspaper clippings, all of which deal with
Agent John McBain -- "McBAIN CAPTURES MOST WANTED FUGITIVE,"
"McBAIN SIDELINED BY BUREAU," Johnny-On-The-Spot:
McBain Nabs Samon and Gang," "EXCERPTS FROM McBAIN'S
PRESS BRIEFING," "AGENT JOHN McBAIN LOOKS TO THE FUTURE,"
"FEDERAL AGENT J. McBAIN CRACKS MONEY LAUNDERING RING,"
"McBAIN'S STAKEOUT PANS OUT," "FBI Agent Sees
Clues Where Others See [obscured by other clipping]," "AGENT
McBAIN, [word obscured] JUST THE FACTS." The last article
is from the Atlantic City Sentinel, "CATLIN FITGERALD
DIES FROM A GUNSHOT WOUND: Victim Was Engaged to FBI Agent Injured
in Burglary Attempt," There is a photo of McBain; A gloved
hand, obviously the killer's, picks up the clipping, and moves
his finger over John's photo.
Scene Two: At the police station Rae is talking to Nora Buchanan
about the Todd Manning trial. She is worried how it is affecting
Nora. Just then Stephen walks up to them.
past Nora) Oh Stephen, hi!
STEPHEN: (Looking serious) Nora!
NORA: (She beams with pleasure, seems she is
taken by him) Hi!
STEPHEN: I just got a call from the hospital,
Troy MacIver is up, and he wants to talk to you.
is upset, and turns away. She obviously does not want to see
her reluctance) I could go along with you if you like?
his offer motivated by concern and wanting to help, or is there
I think I'll take you up on that.
NORA: Ah, let me just go and uh check in with John and
uh Antonio first.
leaving Rae and Stephen alone.
Hey, you know I'm glad we have a minute, I.... hmmm
RAE: I was talking with Jess.... Jessica Buchanan
yesterday (Haver nods) and she was talking alot about your mother,
and.... well, how amazing she was....
seems confused. As she talks Haver seems upset by it but tries
to hide it.
(Cont.) I.... it was so surprising that I didn't even say anything.
seems angry, but hides it.
(Confused) Obviously you don't want to tell her the whole truth
about your mother?
has a weird expression.
Scene Three: Rae has just confronted Haver about his lying to
Jessica about his mother. She notices Haver's odd expression.
If you don't want to talk about this we don't have to.
STEPHEN: (Almost defensive) No!
No, no it's okay, and you're right I um, I don't
like to talk about my mother.
RAE: (Nods her head understandingly) Oh.
STEPHEN: So, I uh.... just fudged things a bit with Jessica.
RAE: Yeah, I know. Well, I understand that, I
do. (Nodding) It just surprised me.... a little. I mean coming
from your background, and everything you've accomplished? My
god you should be so proud of yourself!
has a strange look. He tilts his head, his eyes flash and almost
nasty glare. Rae notices and is confused?
his expression changes. He is about to say something, but
stops when Nora returns. Rae looks confused. Stephen remains
Hi, am I interrupting?
(Turning towards her) No.
NORA: Oh good.
STEPHEN: No.... no.... not at all, actually ready
NORA: (Throws up her arms resigned) Sure! Absolutely.
Hopefully Troy is ready to tell me who the killer is.
STEPHEN: (Acting sincere) I Hope so (smiles or
is it more of a smirk).
NORA: (Walking off) Yeah!
follows, still flashing a pleased expression, then looks back
at Rae. Rae remains, apparently something is bothering her about
Scene Four: At the prison hospital, Troy is strapped down, and
is sleeping. A guard is hovering over his bed, the guard turns
when he hears Nora and Stephen enter the room. They stop at
I'll be outside if you need me.
NORA: Thank you.
guard walks out. Nora goes to the bed. Haver remains back by
the door. He watches intently. Nora looks at Troy, then looks
over towards Haver.
stirs, and the opens his eyes a little.
TROY: (Sedated though glad to see her) Nora?
NORA: I heard you want...
lifts his hand, there is a blood pressure sensor on his finger,
she looks down at it. He makes a sound.
I heard you wanted to see me.
raises his hand towards hers, she reluctantly touches it, then
(Out of it) You're here. (Sighs relieved, smiles weakly).
NORA: I'm sorry Troy! I'm soooo sorry....
makes a noise as she talks.
(Cont.) ....that I thought you killed those women.
TROY: (Having difficulty talking) I didn't do
it, it wasn't me.
NORA: I know, but Troy, do you know who the killer
appears to nod.
Scene Five: Troy appears to have drifted back into unconsciousness.
Nora tries to awaken him.
Troy? Oh, Troy, don't go to sleep. No, you need to need to wake
comes towards the bed.
He's going in and out. Probably going to be a couple of days before
the drugs are completely out of his system.
watches Troy sleep. She appears to feel sorry for him. She then
gently brushes a strand of hair from his forehead. Haver stands,
Okay. Alright, we should probably go. Let him get some rest--
starts to walk off, but Troy stirs and groans, Nora is about
to say something else, but Troy awakens, stopping her.
Nora, (gently taking her hand) Nora?
NORA: Yeah, I'm right here. I'm here Troy.
(Mumbling) Nora, I didn't.... I didn't.... I didn't....I didn't.
NORA: (Trying to reassure him) I know you didn't.
TROY: (Still mumbling) I didn't.
watches intently. He looks strangely at Troy, almost with a
hint of maliciousness.
I know you didn't! I know you
didn't. (Bending down over him) Troy, why did you take an overdose?
appears to be thinking, and about to say something. Haver seems
I don't remember?
HAVER: He's probably still under the influence.
he trying to stop Troy from saying too much? Or is he just stating
(Still muttering) I don't remember.
STEPHEN: It.... There's probably suffering from
some short term memory loss. (Nora looks over at him) Just relax
Troy (Haver is speaking softly and calmly, almost hypnotically)
you don't have to answer everything right now.
TROY: (A little more awake, but still muttering)
Why....what? I....I didn't kill my.... I didn't kill myself....
I.... I don't wanna die. (Getting more agitated) I don't wanna
die.... No.... No Colin....
turns away and looks at Haver. As Troy continues to mutter.
I don't wanna die.
Six: Troy continues to mutter that he did not try to kill himself.
Nora tries to calm him down. Haver watches on at the foot of
I.... I.... I didn't kill myself.
he mutters she touches his hair to calm him.
TROY: No, I didn't do it (She takes his hand)....
NORA: You need to calm down---
TROY: ....kill myself....
NORA: Calm down. Alright calm down.
TROY: Nora, I didn't kill myself.
NORA: I'm going to get some help.
mumbles something and tries to stop her from leaving.
Alright, I'll be right back (leaves).
get what he says possibly is] Let me.
TROY: No don't go. Nora, don't.... (throws his
head back down on the pillow) don't go.... I didn't do it.
almost appears as if Haver waits until she is gone before he
starts talking to Troy.
is leaning over the railing of Troy's bed. He begins to talk
to Troy, again calmly, softly -- almost hypnotically. Stephen
continues this throughout his time with Troy.
There was another murder, Troy.
TROY: I didn't do it.
Of course you didn't do it. You were locked up. (Troy groans)
You were locked up in Statesville. Everybody knows you didn't
TROY: (Repeating) Statesville.... (Mumbles
sounds like) that's where I was.
STEPHEN: What you need now is, just relax.
TROY: Uh, I'm confused.
You've been thinking about Colin again, haven't you?
TROY: (Nodding, as if hypnotized) Colin.
STEPHEN: Now, people might be making comparisons
between the two of you, because of what you've done --
TROY: (His eyes closed) I'm not Colin.
STEPHEN: (Cont.) .....in your life.
TROY: I'm not Colin.
STEPHEN: Of course you're not.
TROY: (Licking his lips, he seems to have a
hard time talking) Colin.
STEPHEN: Just because Colin was a psychopath,
does not mean you're a serial killer.
TROY: Colin made me kill Claire. Colin made
me, I.... (opening his eyes) I didn't do it. I didn't do it.
I didn't kill those women....
listens. He seems to be trying to help Troy.
I.... Tell Nora, I didn't kill those women. Oh....
watches, his expression is hard to decipher.
Scene Seven: Some time later. A guard is trying to restrain
him as a nurse is trying to calm Troy. It looks like the nurse
is giving him a shot. Nora has returned. Stephen and Nora watch
from near the door.
kill them. Nora, listen to me. Please, I'm innocent. (He is more
NURSE: (She has given him something to calm him
down) There we go.
TROY: Nora! (Trying to tell her something) I
STEPHEN: (Whispering into her ear; he lies) After
you left the room he became hysterical.
looks at Haver. Troy is trying to say something. However, the
drugs seem to be taking their effect.
I.... I know who.... I know who the killer is. Nora (he tries
to fight back the drugs) I know who the killer is. I know. I know.
begins to fall to the drugs. Haver stands there, watching.
date Friday, January 30th, 2004)
Eight: At John's hotel room, John and Antonio are talking about
fooling the killer with the false reports stating that Flash
and Troy were able to give information about him.
Scene Nine: At her and Antonio's apartment, Jessica is watching
his daughter, Jaime. She hears some noises; it appears as though
someone is outside her door. She goes outside to look. She looks
around the hallway and sees nothing. She then goes towards the
elevator. From around the other corner we see a figure of a
man. It is Steven Haver. Jessica calls out. Haver stops and
says nothing, watching her for a moment.
she turns around and walks towards him.
D....d....did you see anybody in this hall?
STEPHEN: (Looking around) Me? Me, no.
JESSICA: I just (shakes her head confused)
I....I could have sworn that I heard somebody, but Jaime and
I are here alone, so....
STEPHEN: Do you want me to call the police?
JESSICA: Nah! No, no, no, it's just being jumpy,
(rubbing her forehead and temples) and crazy. Um, what are you
doing here? How did you know where I live?
Scene Ten: He hands her some folders he has. She still is perplexed
as to how he knew where she lived.
I wanted to give you the rest of the research material for the
next chapter in the book.
STEPHEN: (Charmingly) I was looking you up
in the-uh, student directory, I hope you don't mind.
JESSICA: No, no, not at all. Um, (motioning)
follows her inside, and looks around. She shuts the door.
I, um, was looking through the (pointing to papers on the counter)
research that you gave me....
STEPHEN: Uh hmm.
JESSICA: Um, before, and I came across some
of your correspondence.
STEPHEN: (Bending over the counter, looking
at the papers) Really?
JESSICA: Yeah. (Looking through a folder).
STEPHEN: I understand that Sarah Roberts is
related to your mother.
JESSICA: Yeah, um, her niece, she was my cousin.
STEPHEN: (Sincerely) I'm very sorry.
JESSICA: (Continuing to go through the papers;
she knows Sarah, Flash, is alive) Me too. (Finding what she
was looking for) I-uh, I..... I thought they were research.
I'm sorry I read these letters. I, uh (handing them to him,
and he looks at them). I don't know why anybody would ever turn
down one of your papers.
STEPHEN: Yeah, the journal editor used to be
department head at-uh Capital University. We never really got
JESSICA: Why not? (Opens her mouth, and places
her hand to her forehead, embarrassed at being so nosey) I'm
soo sor-ry (nervous laugh). I'm prying, it's
just uh (nervously parting her bangs) journalist genes, I guess
STEPHEN: (Still looking at the letters) No,
no, no, no, no (chuckles) it's okay. Ummm,
the world of academia is just vicious, when
I was teaching there (motioning) at Capital U., well, that's
when I got my first big book contract. Which is just wonderful,
until the sen-ior faculty found out.
JESSICA: (frowns, obviously sorry for him)
And they were jealous?
STEPHEN: (Chuckling) Uh, green,
positively. (Slightly bitter) They started picking me apart:
My teaching methods, my writing; course the head of the department
was the worst, blocked my tenure review.
JESSICA: That's awful!
STEPHEN: (Nodding in agreement) Well, I thought
so at the time. But-uh, enabled me to come here. And I like
to call this place home.
JESSICA: (Smiles) I hope so. And so does my
STEPHEN: Good! Well, thank you very much. (Pats
the papers) And you let me know if you have any questions about
that. (Puts the letters into a file).
JESSICA: (Points to a file)This one.
STEPHEN: About this (correcting
her, he points to the other file).
JESSICA: (Chuckles) Ohhh, okay.
STEPHEN: (Chuckles) Okay. (Walks towards the
door to leave, turning around at the door. ) I'll see you around
JESSICA: Have a good day.
STEPHEN: (As he walks out the door) You too.
locks the door and sighs.
Scene Eleven: At the Palace Hotel bar. Haver arrives, Rae has
been waiting for him. She is carrying a drink, white wine. He
apologizes as they walk over to a table.
Rae, I.... I really am sorry that I'm late.
RAE: Oh, now would you stop it.
STEPHEN:A I had to drop off some research papers
with Jessica Buchanan.
RAE: (Knowingly) Ohh, Jessica.
STEPHEN: Well, look my (chuckles) my editor
says I've got to have these footnotes (motioning with his hands)
on his desk by the end of the week. Plus, after the murder of
that young girl on campus, I got to admit, I feel alot better
seeing that Jessica was alright.
looks surprised, confused.
(Leaning forward) So the police didn't tell you?
STEPHEN: (Frowning, confused) Tell me what?
Did something else happen?
The killer didn't succeed in....in killing
Sarah. Sh....She's alright, she's alive.
Stephen looks glad about it -- though does he: Is he
thrown by this statement and trying to hide it.
That's..... well that's wonderful!
RAE: Yess! But you know I.... It was supposed
to be kept under wraps, so maybe I shouldn't have said anything.
I.... just don't say anything, alright.
STEPHEN: (His expression is hard to interpret,
is he truly concerned, or is he reacting because Flash is not
dead.) Ooh.... No! But S....she's going to be alright?
RAE: Yes, they think so. Ummm, they're a little
worried about her voice.
STEPHEN: (Is he pretending to be upset, or
is he really? He almost seems to be exaggerating and faking
his concern) Ah, poor girl! B.....b....but
what th....th....the newspaper reports that said she'd be able
to identify the killer?
RAE: Oh, no, no, no, no. That was a ruse. She
didn't even see him.
looks almost pleased about this. But why?
Scene Twelve: McBain is at his hotel room when the phone rings.
is a shot of the campus, and the pay phone. There is a tall
figure on the phone. It is night.
(Device to distort his voice) Agent McBain, not working on my
case tonight? You taking the night off or.... are just afraid?
touches a button to get a trace on the call.
I'm not. You should be.
THE KILLER: Sad about your little (pauses
for a moment for effect) fiancée lost,
so long ago.
seems affected by this. But tries to hide it.
(Cont.) And Daddy McBain, cut down in the prime....
butchered by a drunken surgeon.
to control his emotions, but obviously disturbed by what the
killer is saying) That's right. Tell me something, how do you
know all this?
THE KILLER: Don't want to make you late
to your dinner party.
tries to hide his surprise that the killer knows so much about
his life. He wants to stay in control.
Scene Twelve: The killer is still on the phone, trying to taunt
McBain to get him to lose it.
Ohhh, Johnny Boy, a stranger in a strange land. Nothing to keep
you company in your rat hole of apartment, but pictures of your
poor young victims....
camera pans onto the killer's left shoe, which he is tapping,
it is either scuffed, has yellow paint on it, or has mud on
it [it is hard to tell]. Through their phone conversation, the
camera cuts back and forth between John, and the killer's foot,
and obscured body.
Yeah, you know what Man, I was just admiring some of your graffiti.
(Smacks his lips) Hey, you know, you and I should get together.
I'll come alone, unarmed, anywhere you want, just name it.
It's not polite to interrupt.
Oh, you screwed up with Flash, my friend. She told us what you
look like. (Smiling, smug) and MacIver, he told me all
about you. Told me how you gave him drugs to hallucinate. But
his mind is clear now, Man. And he told me all about it.
THE KILLER: I don't think so. You don't
know who I am; and you never will.
seems shaken. The killer hangs up the phone, and walks away.